Warm Up Your Winter Mornings with Hot Buttered Rum Muffins

Mmm, the cold winter days have arrived, and there’s nothing better than sitting by the fire with a warm and delicious treat in hand. I have just the thing for you – Hot Buttered Rum Muffins!

This recipe is an exceptional choice for anyone looking to jazz up their breakfast or create a delicious dessert that is ideal for sharing during the holiday season. Just imagine a muffin infused with the smooth flavors of hot buttered rum, the scent wafting through your home triggering that loving homesick feeling.

It is important to note that these muffins are highly addictive; therefore, it’s suggested you make extra batches. One batch usually never lasts long enough to be stored for next time. Trust me, once you taste these hot buttered rum-infused muffins, you will want more! So grab your aprons, preheat your ovens and let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Hot Buttered Rum Muffins
Hot Buttered Rum Muffins

Picture a cold winter’s morning– the snow is falling outside, and you’re curled up with a steaming mug of hot buttered rum. Now take that same cozy, warm feeling and turn it into a muffin. That’s exactly what you can expect from this recipe for hot buttered rum muffins.

First of all, who doesn’t love the classic flavor combination of butter, sugar, and rum? It’s sweet, spicy, and just a little bit boozy– everything you could want on a chilly morning or evening. But beyond just the delicious taste, these muffins have a certain je ne sais quoi that will keep you coming back for more.

Perhaps it’s the way the brown sugar creates a caramel-like texture that complements the rum so perfectly. Maybe it’s the way the spices– ground nutmeg and cloves– add an extra layer of warmth and complexity to the flavor profile. Or maybe it’s simply the fact that each bite is like wrapping yourself up in a cozy blanket.

Whatever it is that makes these muffins so special, one thing is for sure: once you try them, you won’t be able to get enough. Perfect for breakfast or dessert (or any time in between), this recipe is sure to become a staple in your baking arsenal. So go ahead– indulge in a little bit of sweet, spiced, buttered rum goodness. Your taste buds will thank you.

Ingredient List

 Warm yourself up with these delicious Hot Buttered Rum Muffins!
Warm yourself up with these delicious Hot Buttered Rum Muffins!

Now that we know why Hot Buttered Rum Muffins are an all-time favorite dessert, it’s time to gather the ingredients (Ingredients should be Bold). Trust me; you wouldn’t want to miss out on any of them. Here’s what you need:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Wet Ingredients:

  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon rum flavoring extract
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup spiced rum
  • 1 cup milk

Optional Ingredients:

If you are in the mood for an extra indulgence, you can add some butterscotch chips to the batter or sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top. If you choose to make butter rum instead of using spiced rum, remember that it will contribute a slightly different taste than spiced rum.

Pro Tip: Before starting, make sure all ingredients are at room temperature. It will ensure that the butter mixes well and create a better texture.

The Recipe How-To

 These muffins are the perfect treat to cozy up with on a chilly day.
These muffins are the perfect treat to cozy up with on a chilly day.

Let’s get to baking, shall we? It’s time to bring out the baker in you and make these scrumptious Hot Buttered Rum Muffins. You won’t regret it, I promise.


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  2. Line your muffin tin with paper liners or grease it with cooking spray or butter.
  3. Set aside for now.

Making the Batter

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt until well combined.
  2. In another larger bowl, use an electric mixer or a whisk to cream together 12 tablespoons (1 and 1/2 sticks) of softened unsalted butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in two large eggs and continue mixing for another minute.
  4. Pour in 1 teaspoon of rum extract and mix again until fully incorporated.
  5. Gradually mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture alternating with 3/4 cup hot milk (you can warm it up in the microwave for about 30 seconds) in three additions beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix until everything is just incorporated evenly.

Baking and Finishing

  1. Evenly distribute the batter into the muffin cups filling them about two-thirds full.
  2. Bake for approximately 18-20 minutes or until golden brown on top and a toothpick (or a cake tester) comes out clean when inserted into the center of a muffin.
  3. Let them cool off slightly before serving warm.

Congratulations! You have made delicious Hot Buttered Rum Muffins that will be an instant hit amongst your family or friends.

Substitutions and Variations

 Get ready to indulge in the buttery, rum-infused goodness!
Get ready to indulge in the buttery, rum-infused goodness!

You’re on a boat in the middle of the sea and the only liquor you brought is spiced rum instead of regular rum. No worries, mate! In this recipe for hot buttered rum muffins, you can easily substitute spiced rum for the regular rum. The spiciness of the rum adds an extra layer of flavor to these muffins that will make your taste buds sing.

If you’re looking to add a little crunch to your muffins, try adding a handful of butterscotch chips to the batter right before baking. These sweet and buttery chips will elevate your muffins to a whole new level.

Don’t have ground cloves or nutmeg in your spice cabinet? You can use cinnamon instead! Cinnamon pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the sugar and the richness of the butter, giving these muffins a warm and cozy flavor.

If you want to make this recipe a bit healthier, try using low-fat milk instead of whole milk. The texture may be slightly different, but it won’t impact the overall flavor of these scrumptious muffins.

In terms of flour, you can use all-purpose flour or pastry flour depending on your preference. Pastry flour will make these muffins more delicate and light, while all-purpose flour will make them more dense and substantial.

Overall, these substitutions provide flexibility in making this recipe perfect for anyone’s taste buds. Don’t let anything get in the way of enjoying this delicious dessert!

Serving and Pairing

 Who needs a drink when you can have these Hot Buttered Rum Muffins?
Who needs a drink when you can have these Hot Buttered Rum Muffins?

Like a good whiskey, these hot buttered rum muffins give off an aroma that’ll instantly warm up a cold winter’s day. They’re delicious served warm from the oven or even after cooling down to room temperature.

These muffins are so versatile, you can enjoy them any time of the day. You can eat them with your morning coffee, enjoy them as a midday snack, or serve them as an after-dinner dessert.

Pairing these muffins with a steaming cup of your favorite hot drink is highly recommended. They go well with coffee, tea or hot chocolate, but our personal favorite remains spiced rum – this pairing truly brings out the best in both flavors.

These tempting delights are perfect for special occasions such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve. They also make a great gift idea for family and friends who love to indulge in cozy sweets during the chilly winter season.

If you’re in need of something more daring, you may want to try adding butterscotch chips into the batter mix before baking. It’s an indulgent addition that takes the flavor profile to another level altogether.

Whatever your choice, these hot buttered rum muffins are sure to become a hit in your household during the colder months of the year.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 These muffins are like a warm hug in dessert form.
These muffins are like a warm hug in dessert form.

“Hold on to your buttered rum muffins, folks! These treats can definitely be made ahead of time, perfect for when you’re expecting guests or just want to indulge in a sweet treat without any hassle. Simply follow the recipe as instructed and after you have allowed the muffins to cool completely, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

If you want to make them last even longer, store them in the freezer for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to eat them, let them thaw completely at room temperature before reheating.

To reheat your buttered rum muffins, I recommend using the microwave. Simply wrap each muffin with a damp paper towel and microwave for about 10-15 seconds each. This should be enough time to create that warm, soft texture we all love.

Now listen closely: reheating these muffins is not just about heating them up; it’s also an opportunity to add more flavor! Brushing each muffin with some additional melted butter and sprinkling some cinnamon on top will add extra deliciousness that will have your taste buds dancing with joy.

Remember though, if you’re looking for a sweeter experience, adding butterscotch chips before baking or drizzling icing over the muffins will do the trick. Your guests won’t be able to resist!

So go ahead and confidently make the decision to prepare these delightful buttered rum muffins in advance. They are meant to impress both fresh out of the oven and reheated!”

Tips for Perfect Results

 The crumbly streusel topping adds the perfect touch of sweetness and texture.
The crumbly streusel topping adds the perfect touch of sweetness and texture.

Now, let’s talk about some tips that will help you achieve perfect results when making these hot buttered rum muffins.

First and foremost, make sure to measure your ingredients accurately. Baking is a science, and even small deviations in ingredient quantities can throw off the entire recipe. It’s best to use a kitchen scale for precise measurements.

When making the batter, remember not to overmix it. Overmixing can lead to tough and dense muffins. Mix until the ingredients are just combined, and don’t worry if there are still some lumps in the batter.

To ensure your muffins rise properly, be sure to use fresh baking powder. Old baking powder can lose its effectiveness, resulting in flat muffins that don’t rise properly.

In addition, make sure that all of your ingredients are at room temperature before beginning. This helps them blend together smoothly for better texture and consistency.

When baking these muffins, be sure not to overbake them. To check if they’re done, insert a toothpick into the center of a muffin – if it comes out clean, they’re ready. Overbaking can cause them to become dry and tough.

Lastly, if you want to spice up your hot buttered rum muffins recipe a bit, consider adding some butterscotch chips or spiced rum for added flavor. It’s an easy way to take this dessert to the next level.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating perfectly fluffy and flavorful hot buttered rum muffins that will have everyone asking for seconds!

Bottom Line

Now that you have all the information necessary to make these delectable hot buttered rum muffins, what are you waiting for? Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. With just a few simple ingredients and some easy steps, you’ll be enjoying these addictive muffins in no time.

Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a beginner, this recipe is perfect for anyone looking to add a little sweetness to their life. Trust me, these hot buttered rum muffins will become an instant favorite – the perfect treat for any occasion.

So why not give them a try? Gather your baking supplies, put on your apron and dive in. The result will never disappoint. Whether it’s for yourself or as a gift to someone special, these muffins will always leave a lasting impression.

I hope you enjoyed learning about this irresistible recipe and that it becomes a staple in your house. Remember to experiment and add some variations of your own to make it even more unique. Afterall, baking is an art form – make it your very own masterpiece!

Hot Buttered Rum Muffins

Hot Buttered Rum Muffins Recipe

Southern Living; usually made during Christmas-New Year holiday.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Breads, Christmas, Oven, Quick Breads, Winter
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 dozen
Calories: 2648.7kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 5 tablespoons rum, divided
  • 3 tablespoons sugar


  • Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
  • Add 1/2 cup sugar, beating well.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
  • Combine flour and next 4 ingredients.
  • Combine milk and 3 tablespoons rum.
  • Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  • Beat at low speed until blended after each addition.
  • Spoon into greased muffin pans, filling 3/4 full.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden.
  • Remove from pans immediately; place on wire racks.
  • Combine remaining 2 tablespoons rum and 3 tablespoons sugar in a small saucepan; cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves.
  • Brush over warm muffins.

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Serving: 805g | Calories: 2648.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 337.6g | Protein: 43.4g | Fat: 109.1g | Saturated Fat: 64.7g | Cholesterol: 684.1mg | Sodium: 2748.8mg | Fiber: 6.9g | Sugar: 139.3g

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